speakers:

  • David Bolton
    Group Director, Technology, Domain Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do property owners, managers, tenants and users of space productively approach open data?

    David joined as Group Director, Technology in January 2020.

    He was previously Head of Engineering at Woolworths, helping establish the WooliesX division. Prior to Woolworths, David held similar roles at ING, William Hill, News Corp and Westfield, as well as time in startups and the financial services sector.

    David has 20 years experience building software and leading technology teams across several industries, with a particular focus on bringing world class software engineering to organisations undergoing digital transformations, including building Cloud and Agile capabilities and mindsets, along with sustainable technology platforms and products.

  • David Bowie
    Senior Vice President and Managing Director - APAC, MRI Real Estate Software

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do commercial property managers respond to the new demands of commercial tenants?

    With over 25 years in the technology space and a focus on Enterprise software solutions, David began his career with PwC (CA), switching lanes to become one of the early members of the Big-4’s technology (ERP) consulting division before taking leadership roles at both IBM and Dimension Data.  Believing data would be the fuel of the Digital revolution, David joined analytics industry leader, SAS, in 2002 where he held roles numerous roles, including heading up the ANZ subsidiary from 2012.

    David joined MRI Software as Vice President and Managing director of APAC in April 2020. In this role he is responsible for the overall operations for the region, including their market leading presence in Commercial real estate software (owner, operator, and occupier) and residential management software (property and strata management).

    David has also served on Industry Advisory Boards for Melbourne Business School, Macquarie University and the Association for Data driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA)

    David holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from University of New England and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Dominic Brown
    Global Head of Demographic Insights, APAC Lead, Cushman & Wakefield

    Session: Understanding the property and technology needs of a hybrid work paradigm

    Dominic is responsible for leading insight and analysis as well as delivery of strategic thought-leadership research across Asia Pacific at Cushman & Wakefield. With over twenty years of research experience across all major commercial real estate and residential sectors, Dominic has an Honours degree and a PhD in Geography and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland.

  • Truddy Cheung
    Senior Director, Head of Workplace Advisory, Asia, Colliers International (Hong Kong)

    Session: Reducing environmental impact while enhancing the customer/tenant experience with sustainability technology

    Truddy heads up Workplace Advisory Asia at Colliers. Her team provides occupier clients with Workplace Strategy and Change Management service offerings. She is a chartered member with Royal Institute of British Architects. With her background as an architect, she brings more than 18+ years of design experience from the commercial industry to corporate real estate consulting and serving her clients in the conversations of workplace experience.

    She connects design, workplace strategy and organizational change management expertise to help organizations develop workplace solutions aligning business goals and optimizing employee performance. She pays particular attention in identifying opportunities to foster company culture, desirable employee experience, effective spatial requirements to achieve high performing workspaces for dynamic organisations.

    Her personal specialty lies in developing holistic and strategic workplace solutions to mitigate real estate challenges around space and people. Using science-based approach to create workplace strategies that future proof real estate spends as well as boosting employee experience. Her other special focus lies in Change Management when she and her team are tasked to help clients implement these strategic visions around new behaviours to drive collaboration and space utilization.

  • Matt Copus
    Director, Head of Retail Analytics Australia, CBRE Asia Pacific

    Session: Sharing retail data across brands, locations and acquisition targets

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do property owners, managers, tenants and users of space productively approach open data?

    Matt is an industry leader in customer analytics specialising in the convergence of the physical and digital. Matt delivers actionable insights to drive positive commercial outcomes by harnessing the data that customers create when they interact with brands across digital channels and physical locations.

    Matt’s current role is to establish the retail analytics consultancy business for CBRE in Australia and he provides a unique service to his clients that focuses on insight derived from Big Data sets to deliver insights from live customer behavioural data, disrupting the traditional demographic and spatial analysis approach typically applied by all his competitors.

  • Kylie Davis
    Chief Executive Officer, Proptech Association Australia

    Session: Opening remarks from the Chair

    Kylie Davis is a serial entrepreneur, futurist and presenter on proptech and innovation in real estate. She is the host of the Proptech Podcast, founder of The Proptech Association Australia and a co-founder of content marketing automation proptech HomePrezzo which was acquired by ActivePipe this year.

    Kylie has an MBA from the University of NSW and a 25-year career across media and big data, holding senior editorial and marketing roles at Fairfax, News Corp and CoreLogic. Her research into real estate consumer experiences has set the benchmark for behaviourial performance.

    Kylie is a highly sought-after speaker both in Australia and overseas. She is a director of Property Investment Professionals Australia and consults to a range of technology companies including OpenAgent, ActivePipe and Dynamic Methods. Kylie was a finalist in the thought leadership category of the 2019 REB Women in Real Estate Awards.

  • James Dearsley
    Co-Founder, Unissu (UK)

    Session: INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Emerging global trends in commercial property and how they are influencing the Proptech sector

    James is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market. His role as the Co-Founder of Unissu (http://www.unissu.com/), the global leader of PropTech data, information and resources, means he has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends.  As a result, he is a much sought-after speaker on the future of the property industry both in terms of how people and companies in the sector should adapt to facilitate change.

  • Bernie Devine
    Regional Director, Asia Pacific Sales, Yardi Systems

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do commercial property managers respond to the new demands of commercial tenants?

    With 30+ years’ experience dedicated to real estate and technology, Bernie is a leader in digital transformation in real estate and using data to create a more competitive and collaborative environment. Currently responsible for the growth of Yardi Systems in Asia Pacific, Bernie lives in Hong Kong and is a qualified accountant and economist.

    He supports real estate clients with Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Residential and Mixed-Use assets, helping them to grow their operations, create efficiencies, and gain better insight into their business. His expertise includes asset and investment management, private equity, operations improvement, program and project management, finance, technology implementation and compliance.

    Bernie has led large-scale technology projects, as well as led and supported Proptech start-ups, across Australia, the USA, Middle East, Asia and Europe. He has over 60 publications to his name, and extensive public speaking experience. He is actively working with several charities focused on the marine environment and feeding those in need in Hong Kong.

  • Eva Feenstra
    Director, Simon-Kucher & Partners

    Session: Workshop A: Pricing for Proptechs

    Eva Feenstra is a Director in the Sydney office and an expert in the energy industry.

    She joined Simon-Kucher in the beginning of 2017. In the last years she has focused on establishing revenue growth by developing smart product and pricing strategies. Eva supports clients across industries, but focuses on Tech and Energy.

    Before Eva moved to Australia, she worked 7 years for one of the biggest energy companies in Europe. She led projects on product and portfolio design, commercialisation in innovation and boosting loyalty/retention.

  • John Forrest
    Board Advisor, Unispace

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Can proptech propel commercial real estate into a renaissance?

    Commercial Real Estate industry veteran John Forrest has joined Unispace as a board advisor in April 2021.

    Well-known in global real estate circles as a highly experienced business leader and industry trailblazer, John had a 27-year career with JLL. During his tenure, he led commercial real estate service businesses serving Fortune 500 companies, and served as Global Corporate Solutions CEO, which charged him with oversight of the business in 80 countries with 35,00 employees.

    John joins Unispace as board advisor while continuing in senior advisory roles at GreenPoint Partners and SixJay Capital, with prior executive and board level roles at JLL, CoreNet Global and Corrigo.

  • Ben Fowler
    National Offering Manager, KONE Australia & New Zealand

    Session: KONE presentation

    Ben comes from a Mechanical Engineering background with a degree in Industrial Design. Ben has a passion to use his skills and expertise to problem solve and help drive the evolution of the exciting technological, digital and partnership advances that are happening at KONE. “KONE has been integral in expanding my experience by supporting my career development – I have moved in a range of roles from Engineering to Business Management, and having this varied experience has really steered me to thinking about the future of our industry and the possibilities that technology, and especially connectivity are bringing to it”, says Ben.

  • Brad Fox
    National Property Manager, Norton Rose Fulbright

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What do corporate lesees of commercial spaces value?

    Brad has worked in various property management roles across the UK and Australia. Previous to joining Norton Rose Fulbright three years ago, he was the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Work Club Global. Other roles include Properties Leader ANZ for GE, Head of Property Management for Morgan Stanley and Sourcing & Commercial Lead for Property and FM at Macquarie Group’s London office.

  • David Hagger
    Real Estate Sector Leader, Deloitte Australia

    Session: Workshop B: Strategic integration of technology for commercial real estate

    David is an experienced corporate finance partner who specialises in providing financial due diligence services. He has advised clients on numerous acquisitions, divestments and initial public offerings. David is the leader of our financial advisory business in Western Sydney.

    David is the national leader of Deloitte’s real estate sector team. He has worked with clients right across the spectrum of building and construction through to development and funds management.

    David is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Western Sydney committee.

  • Jonathan Hannam
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Taronga Ventures

    Session: Turning ESG from corporate obligation to a market opportunity across Asia

    Jonathan is a global citizen, having held senior executive and board roles across Asia and Europe in real estate, venture capital, technology and sporting related ventures.

    In 2015 Jonathan jointly founded the Taronga Group with a focus on real estate, technology and fund management.

    From 2013-2015, Jonathan was Group Executive, Capital, at Mirvac and responsible for third party capital, establishing new funds, clubs and joint ventures. Jonathan was a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the Investment Committee, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Mirvac's ASIC approved Responsible Manager for Mirvac Funds Management Ltd. and Mirvac's NED on Etihad Stadium.

    Prior to Mirvac, Jonathan held various senior Director roles with Areim and Catella Reim based in Stockholm, Sweden from 2008-2012.

  • Melissa Hardy
    Director, Business Performance & Technology, Global Real Estate, QIC

    Session: Investigating the new expectations of tenants

    Melissa holds a very diverse executive leadership role spanning business transformation, digital and technology in a real estate investment manager.

    At QIC Real Estate, Melissa’s team are responsible for partnering with the Funds Management and Investment (Asset) Management teams across a broad business performance and technology remit. The specific functions within the team include: Business Transformation and Support, Digital & Technology Strategy, Asset Technology Management, Business Systems Success and Data Management.

  • Emma Hendry
    Director and Founder, Emma Hendry Advisory

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What do corporate lesees of commercial spaces value?

    Emma is a widely respected leader, strategist and expert in innovation, transformation and PropTech. She is also a multi award-winning innovator and a regularly speaker on the international circuit. With her experience as a female executive and board member in a male-dominated industry, she is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, with a focus on supporting women to pursue leadership roles. She recently joined the boards of In2science and #Top100Women.

    Emma has an Executive MBA with Distinction from the Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and a double bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics. Emma is a passionate advocate for Proptech and women in leadership and is a Global Ambassador – Australia for Women in PropTech and the Co-Chair of the Australian UK Young Leaders Forum.

  • Tica Hessing
    Workplace Strategy Manager, Charter Hall

    Session: Competing with the comforts of home – how office spaces have to be better than working from home

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What do corporate lesees of commercial spaces value?

    As Charter Hall’s Workplace Strategy Manager, Tica applies her social science expertise to enable the co-creation of human-centred workplace solutions with Charter Hall’s partners and tenant customers. 

    Qualified as a human geographer, Tica also focuses on identifying and forecasting global workplace trends, providing a unique perspective on future-ready workplaces through the lens of the current and future domestic and global operating environments.

    Most recently, Tica has been at the forefront of the transformation of workplaces in response to COVID19. Tica is a sought-after voice in the industry, she has spoken at 70+ industry events, and has been interviewed by various TV networks and newspapers, including the ABC, the BBC, The Project, the Today Show, and the Australian Financial Review. 

  • Saurabh Jain
    Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Urbanise

    Session: Urbanise case study: Redefining the way property is managed with smart service delivery

    Saurabh Jain is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director and is responsible for Urbanise’s – Facilities, Assets, and Analytics business. Saurabh oversees all aspects from strategy to sales, product development and customer service.

    With 20 years of experience in technology related roles, including the last 10 years in property management & services sectors, Saurabh brings to Urbanise a large depth of knowledge and connections. After more than 5 years in Sydney and New York as a solutions director for Converga, Saurabh joined Cushman and Wakefield (Cushman) in 2013. Cushman is the world’s second largest property management organisation, with 45,000 employees in 52 countries. At Cushman, Saurabh held the role of Chief Information Officer, Australia and New Zealand, and later took on the role of Global Technology Director, Customer Portals and Analytics. More recently Saurabh has been heading up the Solutions Centre at Ventia, Australia’s largest services company.

    Saurabh holds a B.E. Software Engineering from UNSW, a MBA Executive from AGSM, and a MBT from AGSM.

  • Peter Matthews
    President | Chief Executive Officer, REINSW | Realtair

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Can Proptech propel commercial real estate into a renaissance?

    Peter Matthews began his career in 1991 and at the age of 19 was listing and selling real estate in Sydney. For more than 30 years Peter has served the Real Estate Industry and clients in a range of roles.

    Peter is the CEO & co-founder of Realtair, a middleware platform serving the real estate industry. Realtair empowers agents with innovative technology to add value to their clients & deliver a greater customer experience.

    Peter’s contribution to the industry extends beyond his personal interests, where he is currently the President Elect of the Real Estate Institute of NSW and is a contributing member of the Professional Standards initiative across the country.

  • Tom Mott
    NSW State Director of Office Leasing, Savills Australia & New Zealand

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: What do corporate lesees of commercial spaces value?

    Tom joined Savills in December 2018 as State Director of the NSW Office Leasing team.

    Tom has been in the real estate industry since 2000, working across a variety of sectors including property management, residential sales and office leasing. Prior to joining Savills, Tom spent 7 years at a large property company and was a senior director.

    Throughout his career, Tom has worked on behalf of major institutional owners including Investa, AMP, DEXUS, GPT, Lendlease as well as private owners.

  • Alan Murphy
    Head of Customer Technology & Innovation, AMP Capital

    Session: Revolutionising the retail experience and enticing consumers into retail spaces

    Alan Murphy is the Head of Customer Technology and Innovatioon for AMP Capital Real Estate. Alan has a diverse background with over 15 years' experience working across a range of finance, strategy and digital transformation roles. He has a bachelor's degree in Law and Accounting. Is a qualified chartered accountant and most recently graduated with an Executive MBA with Excellence from the Australian Gracuate School of Management at UNSW.

    Alan is passionate about ensuring the voice of the customer is at the forefront of organisational decision making and leads a team of digital innovation and data experts that utilise market leading technologies to address business challenges across the value chain. The team leverages core design thinking principles to identify and deploy digital solutions that enhance user experinces across office and retail aseets. 

    Alan has extensive experience as an executive leader in the property industry, with a proven track record in delivering on operational, strategic and cultural objectives. 

  • Rachael Neumann
    Founding Partner, Flying Fox Ventures

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Can proptech propel commercial real estate into a renaissance?

    Previously Founder of Working Theory Angels, Rachael moved into a full time investment role after gaining her operating chops as Managing Director of Eventbrite in ANZ and helping to scale the company accross the globe. She has worked thousands of early stage startups as Head of Startups for Amazon Web Services ANZ, a Partner at Startmate, and her two Federal Government appointments distributing funding for the Accelerating Commercialisation & Boosting Female Founders Initiative programs. She has been sharing passion for early stage investing through her lead Instruction role in The Wade Instistute's VC Catalyst program.

    Educated in the States with an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and two Masters degrees from Columbia University, Rachael has bounced between Australia and the US for the last ten years and now proudly calls Melbourne home, alongside her partner and two kids. 

  • Leah Ong
    Property and Projects Manager, Sime Darby Motors Group Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do commercial property managers respond to the new demands of commercial tenants?

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do property owners, managers, tenants and users of space productively approach open data?

    Leah has been working in the property industry for over 19 years. She has extensive experience nationally and Internationally in the corporate real estate field. She has represented Landlords in asset management and later transitioned into Tenant Advisory. In her previous role, she was responsible for the Real Estate team at Volvo Group Australia managing FM services, delivering real estate projects and strategic planning aligned to the business objectives.

  • Amanda Steele
    Executive Managing Director, Property Management, CBRE Asia Pacific

    Session: Reassessing the value proposition of properties - using technology to move beyond traditional metrics

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Can proptech propel commercial real estate into a renaissance?

    Amanda joined CBRE in 2013 after 14 years working in the sustainability space. Between 2013 and 2015, Amanda was CBRE’s Pacific Head of Sustainability, before assuming the senior leadership role to manage one of the company’s biggest business lines, its Asset Services division in Pacific. Over three years, she doubled the growth of this business and delivered significant client outcomes via her innovative, creative and people-focused approach.

    In October 2018, Amanda was promoted to Executive Managing Director of Property Management for CBRE's Pacific region. She has worked with the highest levels of government nationally and internationally, as well as alongside boards and CEOs of many organisations. Amanda is an active volunteer with a number of industry and community organisations and thrives on solving persistent problems with integrated solutions.

    Amanda is the host for The Placemakers, a television program highlighting the best placemaking in the Asian region.

  • Kathleen Stubbs
    Chief Information Officer Australasia, JLL

    Session: Gamifying the world of real estate mapping

    Kathleen Stubbs Previous to being appointed Chief Information Officer (Australasia) at JLL, Kathleen was the Global Head of Infrastructure and Service Delivery (Deputy Global CIO) for Knight Frank’s global head office in London.

    She has impressive global and Australian experience, spanning IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Data Platforms and Robotic Process Automation solutions. Her career has included overseeing large scale digital transformations, service and operations management, application and database management in companies such as Star Entertainment Group, Herbert Smith Freehills Solicitors, Ernst & Young, and King & Wood Mallesons.

  • Craig Templeton
    Chief Information Security Officer & GM Technology Platforms, REA Group

    Session: Securing systems against ransomware attacks targeting the new vulnerabilities of REITS

    Craig is a tech leader and passionate cyber security pro with over 25 years experience working for blue chip/global companies. His industry experience spans financial services, digital marketing, telecommunications, multi-channel television, retail, pharmaceutical and Government. Craig has been with the REA Group for nearly five years. Previous roles include Head of Security Enablement at ANZ and Risk Services Security & Privacy Manager for Deloitte Australia.

  • Carolyn Trickett
    Asia Pacific Growth Lead, JLL Spark

    Session: Realising the full potential of proptech – Why are there are still problems without solutions?

    Carolyn is a senior IT executive with a record of delivering technology and business solutions across a range of industries and technical platforms. She is passionate about using technology as a strategic enabler for business innovation and growth.

    Carolyn has recently stepped into the role of Asia Pacific lead for Spark – JLL’s venture capital fund. Carolyn is responsible for strategic relationship management with JLL Spark Venture Fund portfolio of start-up companies and external partnerships to promote growth and co-development opportunities.

    Prior to that, for the past 12 years Carolyn headed the Property & Asset Management Business Technology team of JLL; initially focused on Australia, then extended to Asia Pacific, delivering a transformation program that has re-engineered and digitised the day to day functions for staff and provides clients with a continually improving reporting and service delivery suite.

  • Shelli Trung
    Managing Partner, REACH Australia

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do commercial property managers respond to the new demands of commercial tenants?

    Shelli Trung is the Managing Partner for REACH Australia and Southeast Asia. REACH is a scaleup program for the real estate industry created by Second Century Ventures (SCV), an early-stage technology fund backed by the National Association of Realtors®. SCV is among the largest proptech funds globally with a portfolio of 140+ investments across mortgage, finance, marketing, big data and hardware including success stories such as DocuSign (IPO $6B+), Notarize ($130 Series D), HouseCanary ($63M+ Series C) and Updater ($1B+).

    Shelli had lead over 50 investments across three continents including in Shanghai, New York, Singapore and Australia. Prior to this, She spent her early career in corporate innovation successfully deploying new technology across the banking, medical and transportation sectors.

  • Stephen White
    Energy Efficiency Domain Leader, CSIRO

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do property owners, managers, tenants and users of space productively approach open data?

    Dr White leads CSIRO's Energy Efficiency Research. He also leads the ‘Data Clearing House’ Activity in the Affordable Heating and Cooling Innovation Hub (i-Hub). He is the Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency EBC Annex 81 ‘Data-Driven Smart Buildings’.

    Dr White has over 25 years of experience in energy end use efficiency and electricity industry demand side management. He has extensive experience in the application of research to support both government energy efficiency policy instruments and technology commercialization. He oversees the NatHERS benchmark software and key national energy databases (NEAR, Australian Housing Database).

    He has played a leadership role in the start-up of a number of companies, and the design of award winning innovative airconditioning systems. He is a member of the Australian Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) "Hall of Fame"

  • Nicky Wightman
    Director of Emerging Trends, Savills (UK)

    Session: INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Digitalising real estate - understanding the synergies between physical and digital environments

    Nicky's professional background was originally at the Bar where she practiced law. She then went on to work in broadcasting.

    Nicky's work at Savills has included working in a team advising occupiers on International requirements. She is one of the founders of the Savills tech cities research programme and is regularly asked to talk about how to create vibrant communities.

    Nicky's work is focused on innovation, technology and future trends which relate to real estate and the built environment.

  • Elena Zuvela
    Real Estate Manager, Wood PLC

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How do commercial property managers respond to the new demands of commercial tenants?

    Elena is a commercially focused property specialist with over 15 years experience in leading projects and managing portfolios. Over the years she has developed a unique insight into the industry having harnessed my skills in consultancy, agency and in-house for Global 500 businesses. Elena is an accomplished change manager optimising people, projects and efficiencies. Her experience with activity and ratio based workspaces reflects the future of businesses.